LAHORE – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will launch its much-awaited Twenty20 league in March 2013, it has been learnt.

The PCB has been done a lot of work for launching its Twenty20 league in the footsteps of the Indian Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League and Sri Lankan Premier League for the last few months and recently also advertised the position of league commissioner, a source revealed on Wednesday.

The source said that the PCB has done lot of work regarding launching of the proposed Twenty20 league but it was unable to launch it this year. "Realistically speaking, we should be able to launch the T20 league sometime in March next year and will be inviting overseas players to participate in the event to make it successful," PCB chief Zaka Ashraf said.

Pakistan is the only country in the South Asian region still without an international flavoured T20 league although it is among the pioneering nations that started organising domestic Twenty20 tournaments successfully.

Zaka also succeeded in convincing the Indian cricket board to restore bilateral cricket ties between the two neighbouring nations that was a big achievement of PCB but the absence of any international cricket in Pakistan remained a painful challenge for the board, the source said. "The restoration of Pakistan-India bilateral cricketing ties is a big achievement for the PCB and we have confirmed to them we will be touring India in December," he said. "But at the same time, the board chairman Zaka Ashraf has not given up on managing to restore international cricket in the country," the source stated.  He said the PCB chief efforts will yield fruits in near future and cricket-mad fans will be able to see international cricketers playing in the country, the source concluded. No Test playing nation has visited Pakistan since early 2009 after militants attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore on security concerns.